Crown Act Signed into Law in California⁠—Ends Workplace Discrimination based on hairstyle

FOX 4 ATL ⁠—California state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) has been listening. She introduced SB 188, or the Crown Act, which unanimously passed 37-0 this week and is now on its way to the state assembly. Crown stands for "Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural" hair.
 
The bill updates the definition of race on the books to include “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles."
 
The bill notes that definitions of professional workplace dress and grooming often derive from European standards and thus penalties for noncompliance disproportionately affect African Americans.
 
California would be the first state in the nation to create such a law aimed at ridding hairstyle discrimination based on race. 
 
"Workplace dress code and grooming policies that prohibit natural hair, including afros, braids, twists, and locks, have a disparate impact on Black individuals as these policies are more likely to deter Black applicants and burden or punish Black employees than any other group," the bill states.

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